Concert Calendar

Discover the wonderful world of classical music, opera, and ballet in your area. Every week, in collaboration with our partners worldwide, we offer you a curated calendar of concerts and performances.

 

English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir  |  August 22 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Festival, Lucerne

This is how it all began: Claudio Monteverdi's L’Orfeo, which premiered in 1607, marks the birth of opera, of “dramma per musica.” “Monteverdi’s operas simply grip you, they captivate you from beginning to end,” says Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who launches his Monteverdi trilogy in Lucerne with L’Orfeo, in homage to “il divino Claudio,” as contemporaries named the composer, thus marking the 450th anniversary of his birth.

Mahler Chamber Orchestra & François-Xavier Roth  |  August 23 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Festival, Lucerne

The French conductor François-Xavier Roth, who commands an extremely versatile repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary music, will present a double portrait of Haydn and Bartók with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. And “artiste étoile” Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who herself grew up in Moldova with the folk music of southeastern Europe, will show herself to be a highly gifted Bartók performer.

La clemenza di Tito  |  August 24 2017 - 16:50

Venue : Glyndebourne Festival, Lewes

Vitellia’s path to the throne is thwarted by the man who deposed her father, so she presses her admirer Sesto to murder him. Sesto is caught in an agonising dilemma, for the man in question is not only his best friend but also his sovereign. Driven by love, Sesto does his worst. But in return, receives a lesson in forgiveness. Conducted by Robin Ticciati and directed by Claus Guth, Mozart’s last opera delivers all of the sublime musical beauty and heart-tugging humanity we expect of him.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle  |  August 25 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The premiere of The Creation, conducted by Haydn before an invited audience at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna on 30 April 1798, had a triumphant success. To open the new season, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker now perform this epic work. The creation of the world follows in a series of picturesque descriptions of nature, and the excellent Rundfunkchor Berlin will also doubtlessly present itself “in splendour bright” as well as the trio of soloists: Mark Padmore, Genia Kühmeier, and Florian Boesch.

BartolomeyBittmann  |  August 25 2017 - 13:00

Venue : Sounds of the Dolomites, Rifugio Vajolet

Matthias Bartolomey plays a 1727 David Tecchler cello, Klemens Bittmann an 1817 Josephus Pauli violin and a 2004 Markus Kirchmayr mandola. Both see music as a bridge between different genres. This synthesis is also the result of rigorous training with tours in Europe and further afield, performances at major festivals as well as prestigious awards, all of which have taken shape in their works - including “Neubau” - which will also feature in their concert at the Sounds of the Dolomites.

English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir  |  August 25 2017 - 18:30

Venue : Festival, Lucerne

The cunning Odysseus, King of Ithaca, who became a hero in the Trojan War, gets lost on his journey back and spends 10 years crossing the seas with his crew searching for home. He has to go through numerous adventures before he can find his home and thus himself. But when he finally arrives there, nothing is as it had been. This work is a milestone in the history of opera: “Monteverdi’s musical equipment, his ‘armory,’ if you like, marks the beginning of a modern system of musical expression,” observes Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle  |  August 27 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The premiere of The Creation, conducted by Haydn before an invited audience at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna on 30 April 1798, had a triumphant success. To open the new season, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker now perform this epic work. The creation of the world follows in a series of picturesque descriptions of nature, and the excellent Rundfunkchor Berlin will also doubtlessly present itself “in splendour bright” as well as the trio of soloists: Mark Padmore, Genia Kühmeier, and Florian Boesch.

Federspiel  |  August 29 2017 - 13:00

Venue : Sounds of the Dolomites, Val di Fiemme

Inspiration, humor, sensitivity and, above all, a rousing energy that is unleashed on the stage - these are the distinctive features of this Austrian brass band. Founded in 2004, it brings together seven young musicians trained at the Vienna Conservatory. Federspiel’s brass instruments bring their audiences face to face with the best folk traditions of the continent, engaging with and reinventing them in a way that is, let’s say, “revolutionary”, with a wide range of melodies and improvisations.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle  |  August 30 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The premiere of The Creation, conducted by Haydn before an invited audience at the Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna on 30 April 1798, had a triumphant success. To open the new season, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker now perform this epic work. The creation of the world follows in a series of picturesque descriptions of nature, and the excellent Rundfunkchor Berlin will also doubtlessly present itself “in splendour bright” as well as the trio of soloists: Mark Padmore, Genia Kühmeier, and Florian Boesch.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle  |  August 30 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Festival, Lucerne

It will be the last time that Sir Simon Rattle comes to Lucerne as the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. But for his farewell he has chosen to take us back to the beginning by telling the story of how the world originated, as found in Joseph Haydn’s epochal The Creation: how from formless chaos heaven and earth emerged, how light triumphed over the darkness, how plants and animals began to populate the planet, and how humanity ultimately came to life.

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim  |  August 31 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony fills an entire evening alone. Scenic, pictorial representations are sublimated to a great extent. Wherever they appear, such as very clearly during the scherzo or as the finale begins, the movement is particularly decorative and elaborately refined. The idea and structure of the final section is similar to an opera finale. This work is in the best hands with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. The chief musical director is a universal musician, but Bruckner is among his favorite domains.